John praises work of disability charity group

Local disability activist John Morgan has praised the great work being done by Cork based group ‘Dogs for the Disabled’. John is a passionate supporter of the charity and raised almost €5000 for them earlier this year through a coffee morning and a raffle for a signed jersey.
‘Dogs for the Disabled’ are a group which provide assistance dogs who are specially trained to assist physically disabled children and adults to carry out a range of practical tasks in order to achieve greater independence. Every dog is trained to help with simple everyday tasks such as opening/closing doors, picking up dropped items, emptying the washing machine, sending for help or even helping a child with severe walking difficulties to walk with greater ease and balance. Each dog is trained to cater for the needs of the specific client to enable them to live life with greater independence.
Wheelchair bound John has epilepsy and also has paralysis down the left-hand side of his body. He received his very own assistance dog from the charity last week and is over the moon with his new companion.
“I received Jamie last week and he has settled in really well. He’s a beautiful golden Labrador and I’m absolutely delighted to have him. I live alone and being in a wheelchair means I can sometimes struggle to get things off the ground. My sisters convinced me to get in touch with ‘Dogs for the Disabled’ so I contacted them and pretty quickly they arranged for me to travel to Cork to be assessed.
“I met all the criteria and was told that I was going to be put on a list for a dog. I didn’t think I would receive it until next year but I got a call last week to say I would be receiving a dog called Jamie and within days he arrived to my house.
“I honestly love having him around the house. It can get lonely living on your own and he’s great company for me. I have no feeling down my left side so he can pick up the remote control for me and help me take off my coat and socks. He will also bring shoes and socks over to me in the morning. They are remarkably intelligent animals and we have already formed a bond,” stated John.
“If I have a fall he has been trained to bark which will hopefully notify neighbours that I’m in trouble. It costs €15000 to raise and train these dogs but the charity give them out for free. It’s a great service and I was only too happy to raise near €5000 for them earlier this year,” added John.

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